Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 52-55 Temp: 44-47
Sky: Clear Flow: 93
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: Rain Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The flow here is at a perfect for great fly fishing!

Current Conditions at 11 Mile Canyon:

There are BWOs popping off of the water left and right here in the canyon! #18 BWO Comparaduns and Parachute Adams are working well as dry flies when fish are focused on surface feeding but when the bite is on sub-surface insects, you can't beat a nymph rig of a Flashback Pheasant Tail trailed by a Sparkle Wing RSII. Look for trout rising in pools, eddies, and slack water. The trout here are spread out pretty equally throughout the whole river, so find yourself some elbow room and have fun! 5x and 6x tippet is still the recommend line strength to go with here while the flow remains below 100 cfs.

Spring is the time of year to view wildlife! Look for Bald Eagles, Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys and other interesting fauna throughout the South Platte River drainage. All the sections of the South Platte are flowing at a very manageable flow. Lots of bugs on the water and the fish are eating.  The fishing is fantastic.  Clear skies and 52-55 degree weather. The water temperature was between 44-47 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Cutthroat
Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz
Length: 16 inches
Girth: 7 inches
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female
Greenback Cutthroat Female Greenback Cutthroat Female

Current Insect Hatches at 11 Mile Canyon

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Brown Olive

Size: 18

Time:

Recommended Flies for 11 Mile Canyon

Fly: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Brown Olive
Size: 18
Time: 
Blue Winged Olive Blue Winged Olive
Fly: Sparkle Wing Rs2
Color: Gray
Size: 18
Time: 
Sparkle Wing Rs2 Sparkle Wing Rs2
Fly: Flashback Hare's Ear
Color: Brown
Size: 20
Time: 
Flashback Hare's Ear Flashback Hare's Ear

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for 11 Mile Canyon

Current: 27 °F Overcast Wind: 15 MPH NW
Current Condtions

Overcast

Temperature: 27 °F
Humidity: 68%
Wind: 15 mph NW
Pressure: 14.78 psi
Cloud Cover: 100%
Sunday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 43 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 13 mph W
Sunny
High: 43 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 13 mph W
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 47 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph W
Sunny
High: 47 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 10 mph W
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 47 °F  <br/>Low: 27 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph W
Sunny
High: 47 °F
Low: 27 °F
Wind: 7 mph W